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Boeing selects Alcatel Alenia Space to provide the tanks for its Delta II vehicle


Paris, April 18, 2006 - Alcatel Alenia Space has recently been awarded a contract, worth approximately 11 million dollars, by the Boeing Company for manufacturing 12 additional Second Stage Tank Assemblies for the Delta II rocket. The delivery of the new tanks, which will be manufactured in the Alcatel Alenia Space facilities in Turin, Italy, will occur between 2007 and 2009.

“This is the second contract awarded by Boeing to our company for the manufacturing of these important components, following the contract received in 2001 for the construction of twenty-one similar modules” said Luigi Maria Quaglino, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the space infrastructures & transportation activities of Alcatel Alenia Space. “It underlines Alcatel Alenia Space’s distinctive expertise and capabilities in developing and manufacturing a wide range of products for complex space applications.”

Alcatel Alenia Space is very active in the United States in the sector of space infrastructure and transportation systems. It is one of the major contributors involved in the construction of the International Space Station, for which it has developed numerous logistical modules as prime contractors (MPLM, Node 2, Node 3, Cupola), and is involved as major subcontractor for the European Columbus Laboratory Module and the ATV Cargo Carrier. The company also collaborates with Boeing in the launch preparation of the modules (at the Kennedy Space Center) carried by the Space Shuttle to the International Space Station.

About Alcatel Alenia Space
Alcatel Alenia Space is the European leader in satellite systems, at the forefront of orbit infrastructures. Created in July 2005, the company brings together the vast experience and know-how of Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio to form a new leading force in European space technology. Alcatel Alenia Space represents a worldwide standard for space development that impacts everybody’s future: from navigation to telecommunications, from meteorology to environmental monitoring, from defense to science and observation. Alcatel Alenia Space is an Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) (67%) and Finmeccanica (Milan:SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) (33%) company.

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


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